As young people, we believe we are invincible. Soon we begin to realize the imperfections of others. Finally, often much later in life, we recognize and admit our own imperfections. Perhaps it is the recognition of our imperfections that gives peace. When you realize you are NOT perfect and that you don’t have to BE perfect, it is much easier to accept yourself (and others) where you are and move forward from there. When you are constantly striving to be something or someone that you are not, you inadvertently create a great deal more stress in your life that needn’t be there.
I have a friend who is in prison. He longs to be released to be a productive person in society. However, due to many circumstances, that dream may be only that, a dream, and I think he has realized that. I never cease to be amazed at his attitude, though. Instead of wallowing in self pity, he now looks for ways within the prison to help others. He figures that maybe God’s plan is for him to help those within. And he does exactly that. He shares his snacks with those who are still hungry. He assists those who are physically challenged. He tries to talk with those he thinks his acquired wisdom might help.
Life doesn’t always turn out as we would like. That doesn’t mean, however, that we should give up. When we accept the things we cannot change about ourselves and our circumstances, and when we realize our strengths, it is quite possible to move ahead and make a difference, no matter how badly we have messed up in the past.
When you can look beyond disfigurements, addictions, mental and emotional challenges, and see the beauty of every individual…you have seen, reached out to, and touched the hand of God.